Traditionally believed to have been founded in the year 52 AD, by Saint Thomas (Mar Thoma), one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, and known by the name of the Apostle, the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar is one of the oldest denominations of Christianity. The Church defines itself as “Apostolic in origin, Universal in nature, Biblical in faith, Evangelical in principle, Ecumenical in outlook, Oriental in worship, Democratic in function, and Episcopal in character. Headquartered at Thiruvalla in Kerala, in India, the church has followers across the globe.
The Carmel Mar Thoma Church, Boston belongs to the Diocese of North America of the Mar Thoma Church. At present, we have 120 active families residing in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
The Carmel Mar Thoma Church had its humble beginning in Boston in the early 70′s as a prayer fellowship. The parent church officially recognized the Boston gathering of the faithful as a congregation in 1981. The first diocesan bishop was Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Athanasius and the vicar was Rev. Abraham Thomas. The congregation registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a legal entity in the year 1984 with the name Mar Thoma Congregation, Boston with nine families taking formal membership. The church building was dedicated in the year of our Lord 2001.
The enduring grace of our Lord Jesus Christ has helped this parish thus far from the time of its inception to come up a long way in this blessed Land of the Pilgrims. Now we are pleased and delighted that the parish goes on to provide fresh and novel avenues in profusion for the mellowing of a person in Christ through worship, outreach and community fellowship.
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